Four Swords Cabernet Barrel Aged
Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Four Swords Cabernet Barrel AgedFour Swords Cabernet Barrel Aged
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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #85
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,976
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 10.29%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
43
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Deep Ellum Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. "Four Swords Cabernet Barrel Quad"
on tap @ Craft Pride, Austin, TX on 5 November 2015

Notes: Listed at 9.5% ABV. Very dark brown almost-black body with ruby and mahogany highlights beneath a short but creamy tan head. Malty in the nose with a touch of dark fruit, dried fruit, and earth, perhaps some yeasty spice. The flavor delivers smooth malt with caramel, oak and candy sugar sweetness. The Cabernet comes through to helping to balance the sweet malt, as does a slight bit of woody oak with its dryness, and some Belgian yeast phenols. Moderately bitter, or so it seems, but balanced in the end. Medium-full in body with a creamy, silky feel. It's good but it's almost too soft, too rounded, without anything to perk it up - although I could easily see this as a relaxing night cap or even cigar beer. Ahh, it hadn't even occurred to me, the alcohol is really well hidden. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle. Amber body. Big khaki head. Smells strong of red wine. Oak. Caramel. Dark fruits and some earthy notes. The taste is very earthy. Leathery. Up front has a hint of red wine fruitiness. Then deep caramel and an earthy finish. Heavy. Kinda sweet. Pretty good quad, surprisingly.

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Photo of hophugger
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, a nice aged quad, Just a little too much sweetness that dominates. Tannins are good and finish is dry, just wished the sweetness was little more subdued

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Photo of DVMin98
2.58/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, this was a major disappointment. You get the cabernet, but no sweetness whatsoever. Was a muddled bottle of junk. Was hoping for so much more. Waste...

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Photo of Tommo
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge belgian fan, but this beer is very nice. Confused why this brewery doesnt focus on more mainstream styles, but i digress. This is sweet, but wonderfully complimented by the Cabernet barrels, well done overall

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Photo of Persdawg
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best cab-aged beer I've had. Jeremy did a great job with this. There were only 2000+ bottles of this, so I'm expecting another round to come out later this year.
Four Swords has already won a handful of medals, but this aged version takes it way over the top.
One of the best beers in this entire region.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing is super dark. Some brown around the edges. Small khaki head that sticks around.

Intense toasted oak and Cabernet, vanilla, raisin, prune, sweetness and spice.

The Cabernet comes across really well on the flavor. Woody, dark fruit, slight spice and sweet caramel and brown sugar.

Carbonation is low and the body medium. Finishes dry.

The barrel is omnipresent and changes the game here. Doesn't make the beer any better than the original for me.

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Four Swords Cabernet Barrel Aged from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 43 ratings